Responding to Hate

"De-radicalization" interventions are turning into a business, with former members of extremist hate groups charging fees to deprogram current extremists, using methods based on questionable science. One former member of the neo-Nazi group White Aryan Resistance says his Chicago-based nonprofit, Life After Hate, represents an evidence-based attempt to professionalize the field by adopting an addiction-recovery model. The group claims to have helped 350 people exit violent extremist groups. Skeptics warn against shifting public money to these groups away from law enforcement.

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